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Nick Snyder -
 2017 Kevin Higgins College
Scholarship Grant Recipient

San Diego, CA (December 31, 2017) - To Nick Snyder, rugby is a family affair. Not only was the game passed down to him from his father, but he values the relationships that he has developed with other ruggers around the world. Rugby has influenced the 2017 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient to own his leadership skills and confidence. “Playing on travel teams has helped me socialize with different people and play with players who have their own unique styles to the game. Rugby has connected me to so many friends that are enjoyable and I want to continue to be involved as long as I can,” said Snyder.

Snyder played for the Sacramento Eagles for four years earning captain and most valuable player honors. He was selected as a member of the Sacramento Valley All-Star team for three consecutive seasons.

“Over the course of the last four years, I have watched Nick develop into a mature young man. He exudes a level of confidence, determination, toughness, and intelligence not often seen of young men in high school, all the while consistently demonstrating a humble, gregarious, and positive disposition that deserves and receives respect from his teammates and opponents alike,” said Mark Fuller, Sacrament Eagles Rugby Club Head Coach.

Nick graduated from Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, California with a 3.5 grade point average. He was recognized as a National Merit Scholar in 2016 and was a four-year recipient of the Booster Scholar Athlete Award at his high school. In addition to rugby, he was a four-year member of the Rio Americano Raiders football team. He received honors for his play, including a two-time Defensive Player of the Year title and four-year captain. For four consecutive summers, Nick participated in a local volunteering project to assist homeless teenagers in the Sacramento area. He helped host a variety of garage sales and raised over $15,000 for the organization, Wind Youth Services.

He is attending Gonzaga University and continues his academic and athletic career with the Bulldogs. Nick will study business with dreams of one day becoming the manager of a professional basketball team. He has many team oriented goals like winning a championship with the Gonzaga Men’s Rugby Club and making lifelong friendships with his teammates. He hopes to improve on all sides of the ball during his collegiate career.

“Nick is an excellent rugby player, teammate, and community member,” said Gonzaga Men’s Rugby team captain, Thomas Owen. “On the field Nick is an experienced player who has helped make a direct impact on the club. At a smaller university like Gonzaga, the experienced players are asked to step up and assist in practice and leadership. Nick has done these things and will be a major part of the program in the future. He is extremely friendly and always is helping with practice clean-up. Nick has made many friends on the team and lends to the overall camaraderie of the program.”

Congratulations Nick, on being selected as a 2017 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.

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